Top Values at the LCBO (May 2019)

Big Discounts and Delists at the LCBO; updated Top 50
Your Guide to Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO
– by Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Steve Thurlow

Ten wines joined the Top 50 Best Values List this month; some with big discounts due to delist by LCBO.

I have highlighted below eleven from the list for you. Check out the entire list here.

The LCBO continuously monitors the sales of every wine. If those numbers fall below set quotas then the wine is delisted. This makes way for new wines to be added to the selection of approximately 1600 different wines always available from LCBO wines and Vintages Essentials.

Among the wines in today’s report about the Top50:

  • Nine wines discounted for next few weeks at the LCBO
  • Large Discounts up to $4 !
  • Four 90 point wines
  • 10 wines score 88 or more points
  • Three lovely well balanced Ontario VQA reds
  • A Vintages Essential

The current promotional period runs until May 26th. Thanks to WineAlign’s inventory tracking, I can assure you that there were stocks available, when we published, of every wine that I highlight. The delisted wines will disappear quickly so don’t hesitate.

Editor’s Note: You can find our complete critic reviews and inventory by clicking on any of the bottle images or links. Paid subscribers to WineAlign see all critic reviews immediately. Non-paid users wait 30 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!

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Top Value Reds

Collavini Villa Canlungo Merlot 2015, Friuli, Italy $8.30 was $9.95 – New to Top50
This is a lightweight finely structured merlot from Friuli in northeast Italy, that is quite Beaujolais like.  The palate is well balanced and soft but not flabby since there is plenty of lemony acidity for structure. Very good length with a touch of tannin on the finish for some grip. A versatile red for a wide range of mildly flavoured meats and cheese.

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How does a wine get selected for the Top Value Report:

Today’s report pulls best buys from Steve’s Top 50 which is a standing WineAlign list based on quality/price ratio of the 1,600 or so wines in LCBO Wines and the VINTAGES Essentials Collection. 

There are three ways that a wine gets into this monthly report of wines that are always in the stores either on the LCBO “General List” or the VINTAGES Essential Collection. (You can access these lists under the Wine tab on WineAlign.)

• On Sale (LTO’s or Limited Time Offers): Every four weeks the LCBO discounts around 200 wines I have looked through the current batch and have highlighted some of my favourites that offer better value at present…. so stock up now.

Bonus Air Miles (BAM’s): If you collect Air Miles then you will be getting Bonus Air Miles on another 150 or so wines…a few of these have a special appeal for a while.

• Steve’s Top 50: Wines that have moved onto my Top 50 Best Values this month. This is on an-on going WineAlign selection that mathematically calculates value by comparing the price and rating of all the wines on the LCBO General List. The Top 50 changes all the time, so remember to check before shopping.

I will be back next month with more news on value arrivals to Essentials and the LCBO.

Cheers!

Steve

Top 50 Value Wines
Wines on Limited Time Offer
Wines with Bonus Air Miles

Editor’s Note: You can find our complete critic reviews by clicking on any of the wine images or links highlighted. Paid subscribers to WineAlign see all critic reviews immediately. Non-paid users wait 30 days to see new reviews. Membership has its privileges; like first access to great value wines!